2015 Award Recipients

Oldinski_Rachel105x150Weiss_Dan105x150Rachael Oldinski, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Daniel Weiss, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine

Developed in collaboration with Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Rachael Oldinski, Ph.D., this project focuses on an innovative easy-to-use, non-toxic, lung sealant patch/band-aid that could be used for lung surgeries or other emergency sealant needs. Funds will aid them in testing the long-term durability and reliability of the innovative alginate material in animal models, before later moving on to humans. 


Houston_Xia210x150Dryver Huston, Ph.D., Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Tian Xia, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

This proposal focuses on a new, low-cost ground penetrating radar (GPR) technology for highway infrastructure maintenance testing that promises deep cost savings compared to systems currently available. Funds will help the team to move the current prototype forward and identify a "scalable, low-cost manufacturing pathway" for a lightweight, vehicle-mounted system.


Tan_Lee210x150Patrick Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Engineering
Ting Tan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Engineering

Conducted in collaboration with Assistant Professor of Engineering Ting Tan, Ph.D., and Professor of Mechanical Engineering Dryver Huston, Ph.D., this project focuses on the development of environment responsive microfibers to reinforce concrete structures. The market for concrete admixtures like this is estimated to be over $700 million, with a 2.5 percent growth rate.


Ramsey_Jon105x150Verschraegen_Claire105x150Jon Ramsey, Ph.D., Research Associate in the Department of Biochemistry
Claire Verschraegen, M.D., Professor of Medicine 

Developed with support from Professor Emeritus of Chemistry William Geiger, Ph.D., this proposal concerns a new family of compounds called cymanquines that disrupt autophagy, a process cancer cells use to develop drug resistance. The funds will be used to test a cymanquine compound in animal models of metastatic melanoma, as well as in other cancers.

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